Fire and Fury in the Attic – Part 2

I’ll assume the Union are attacking Southwards! Union start. Ward’s Division begins a slow crossing of the eastern ford.


While Berdan’s Division marches rapidly up the road and across the main ford.20160723_125149

Meanwhile the rebel division to the west pushes forward into the valley.


And the rest of the CSA struggle to cross the hills in their path.


Ward finally pushes foreward into the fields, still a little uncoordinated but the delays in the Confederate advance give them time.


Berdan advances rapidly but struggles to deploy his brigades as the rebels rapidly approach. The Corps artillery has been deployed on the high ground to cover the attack

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And the two batteries take their toll on the advancing troops.


Berdan still struggles to deploy…20160723_131844

However, Bentley and Ward have now crossed into the fields and deployed to await the attack.


Berdan deploys just in time to face the first charge!


And against the odds throws back the rebel assault!


Meanwhile in the centre the rebel attack is taking time to develop so Bentley and Ward push forward to bring the battle to them.


Berdan manages to bring his third brigade in to support the line as more rebels line up to attack.


And Ward’s brigades destroy the first rebel brigade to attack, sending them reeling to the rear!


The flank is now clear to allow Ward to swing round as the rest of the Confederate division to engage Bentley’s green brigades

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Four brigades are in action with the rebel experience surely to carry the day?


But no! The enthusiasm of the new troops throws back the rebel brigades is disarray! (Blame my daughter who was throwing the dice at this point!)


The victorious troops prepare to advance!


Meanwhile, on the other flank, Berdan’s division is now fully engaged!


But disruption and low ammo are taking their toll.20160723_150515

And the Union line, despite support from the batteries to their rear, is pushed back…


And the rebels prepare to go in again.


And with Bentley pursuing the enemy in the woods, Ward divides his division and sends a brigade to threaten the rebel attack on their right.20160723_184148

Berdan’s line begins to weaken as another brigade descends from the hills.


Will support arrive in time?


The final assault takes place as the rebels bring forward fresh brigades from their rear support.


And in the centre the green troops realise that the enemy they threw back are not defeated!

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The end is near for Berdan. His left and central brigades flee the field (my daughter rolling 9s and 10s!)

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And the breakthrough charge hitting the remaining badly weakened brigade that Berdan himself is trying to stiffen! But to no avail as that brigade too is thrown back with Berdan and many troops captured.


And the victorous rebels push across the stream to threaten the batteries to the rear.

20160723_191426At this point there was a bit of a lull as life got in the way again. The collapse of the Union right seemed to negate their victory on the left and left the potential for the victorious Rebel brigades to turn and descend on the rear of the forward troops. However, this would be under the fire of the Union guns. It really depended on the two Union brigades destroying the Rebel brigade on their left.  So it seemed prudent to try a couple more turns.

Ward’s lead brigade descended on the rebel flank and the large green brigades attacked frontally. The rebel fire was ineffectual and in the ensuing combat the Confederates were swept from the field with heavy loss!


The left flank of the Union flank was victorious!20160727_135006

It was now the turn of the other Rebel brigades to take fire from the Union guns and they suffered badly with two brigades stopped in their tracks one fleeing the field.

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The victorious Union troops now turned to face the disrupted Rebel line…20160727_140225

And the Union Corps commander managed to rally one of the routed brigades and bring them back up under cover of their guns. 20160727_140242

And the final positions saw the disrupted Rebels facing relatively fresh troops and increased fire from the massed guns to their now rear. I decide at this point they would concede the field while they still had a chance to escape!20160727_140250So that was it. A game at last! I’m not sure I got everything right with Fire and Fury. I kept it simple in terms of troops types and lining up combats. The D10 range had some important effects, especially at the end for the Confederates who were unable to re-deploy to avoid the guns and face the coming threats. The Union on the other hand had the resounding victory on their left and were able re-deploy and rally when needed.

The Rebs who collapsed on the left were the newest troops in my ranks – previously belonging to Essex Boy! – and in the fine wargames tradition of new troops they ran well!

I think I may re-do the table and have at it again!



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Fire and Fury in the attic – Part 1

First a little background. I’ve wanted to set up a game at home for quite a long time but getting my game top clear has proved a problem. As well as deciding WHAT to play. Usually the delay in the latter results in the former getting cluttered again and then months pass by. Again… This time however I cleared the top, laid out my Mat-o-War and after settling on a 15mm game I dug out the bits of scenery I have and laid them out… I then decided I was missing essential stuff so bought more roads, hills and based up trees I had (see my last post) . Although I had originally planned to field my 15mm AWI forces the enjoyable game of Fire and Fury at the Whitley Bay club on Tuesday settled me on rolling out my 15mm ACW armies.

These armies have travelled a little. MANY moons ago I went up to the Claymore Show with the Tyneside Wargames Club and on the Bring and Buy there was a largish 15mm Minifigs Union army. This was 2nd Generation Minifigs. Plainly but neatly painted and based for Fire and Fury. I wish the CSA army had been there as well! It was however entirely infantry and artillery. I assume someone else grabbed the cavalry. There was unpainted stuff as well and I planned to paint this as CSA. Inevitably it never happened as I had just met my now wife and was slightly distracted! I eventually gave up and sold the army for £50 to my mate Billy in Birmingham. Roll forward a good few years and I fancied trying ACW again as Sam Mustafa’s Longstreet had just come out. I asked to buy it back. In the meantime Billy has added a decent CSA force to it and a copy of Fire and Fury rules. He generously sold me the lot for £50 on the understanding that if I ever decide to part with it again I had first to offer it all to him. For £50! Which was fair!

As ever, nothing much happened but as part of the Analogue Painting Challenge in 2014 I decided to paint some of the cavalry as the Union will still missing these. These came out quite well but I never did any more!


And a couple of month ago Essex Boy sold me his few painted Confederate troops which I immediately re-based for Fire and Fury.


And so we come to today. As I’m still fairly new to the rules I wanted a simple game and rather than try and pick a ‘real’ scenario a little Googling led me to an old Fire and Fury page which had pre-generated armies for use in competitions. I just chose two corps that had no cavalry and rolled the random events they suggested. This gave me two forces with a few Exceptional commanders.


So I plonked the lot on either side of the table with little thought as to who was facing who.


The Union are on the right and will be crossing the stream at the two fording points and with a bit more effort at the point near the righthand woods. The CSA are deployed to the left. I decided to make the upper levels of the hills rough terrain which I thought would offset any delays with the Union crossing the water.

We shall see what happened in the next post!

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Well? Shall we?

Play a game that is? I decided that I needed more scenery on the table and more trees and more suitable roads and some hills… as you do… So…

Trees. I had some Bachman trees still sat in boxes so dipped them in watered PVA and stuck  them to coins and texture and flock. Gives me a few more…

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The middle trees are an unknown make but once sealed are fine.

Roads… The ones I have were made from cheap floor tiles. They work fine but curl a little and I felt were a little too big so on the suggestion of Goat Major (see his blog for excellent stuff!) I visited Fat Franks eBay store and picked up some 6mm/10mm dirt roads. These come ready painted and are a bargain! They look good. Lie flat. Job done.


Hills. I had a few bigger Purbeck hills but I painted those for desert type use. So all I had were a few small TSS 10mm thick hills. Had a look at their site and seeing as shipping was a bit much I bought a few to make it worth while!

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Far too many for a 4’x4′ table but good for future use. And the 10mm thickness lets me contour them.

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Quite pleased…

And after the enjoyable Fire and Fury game on Tuesday I decide I wanted to try it again so have put a corps on each side…

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I printed out loads of info for the game and charts etc. today. And left them at work… But I hope to kick this game off tomorrow!

More anon…

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A little Fire and Fury at WB3D

For once circumstances conspired in my favour and last night saw the planets aligned and me able to be dropped off in Whitley Bay for a meeting of the Whitley Bay 3D Gamers club. I’d seen that Ian and Andy were putting on another 15mm Fire and Fury game and as I’d enjoyed the last one I put my name down. It ended up with fie of us. Three Union divisions facing two Confederate. Myself, Ian and Nick took the Union side and Andy and Malcolm took the Rebels.

We had a fairly large table for the forces involved. I took a large Green division and the plan was to hold the right flank with another division, push the main force up the middle and roll over anything there, using the Green troops to weaken the Rebel force and then hit them with an Elite following force.


Unfortunately the Rebs deployed on the other side! So we still pushed forward and intended to bring the right-hand division round the flank of the cenral reb division.

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My troops pushed forward well towards the fenceline and the Rebs seemed rather tardy in their response!


This enabled Nick to push his guns forward and place the slowly advancing Rebs under fire….

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The other Reb division was equally slow getting moving which was a big help as it enabled us to engage the central troops and push round the right flank.


My Green troops soon made the fence and awaited the inevitable Rebel charge!


And waited….


And waited…


The other Rebs finally pushed round the left flank forcing Ian to divert his division fro supporting me to defending the left flank.

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Finally the Rebs prepared to charge. They had been stalled by fire from the flank and my fire was less than effective…


And when they finally went in my Green troops weren’t happy, rushing their volleys.


And were thrown back!20160719_202958

Nick’s division had finally driven off the Rebel guns and was swinging round to threaten the flank of the charging Rebs!


Luckily my brigades held but only one turned to face the next charge…


Again the volley as they came in was not great but support from the flanks caused some loss of stands. Would the centre hold?


Meanwhile on the left Ian had brought his brigades round to face the Rebel threat and a valiant struggle was to ensure on the hill.


While my troops fought on…


After a tough fight the Rebs were thrown back on the left.


And against the odds my two brigades threw back the Rebel attack!

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Both commanders were supporting the troops in the centre.


And the left flank was still undecided but the Union had the upper hand…

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And it was clear that the Green troops had held the centre and the right hand brigades were closing in for the kill! A Union victory seemed assured!


It was a good game and showed that even with small forces you can have a fun game with Fire and Fury. Occasionally the usual D10 1’s and 0’s extremes cropped up but as with other games they just feed the narrative. There seem to be various ‘fixes’ suggested for this (2D6, 2DAvg etc.) but if it ever becomes an issue for me I may just go with allocating a number of chits per side to ‘buy’ re-rolls… Thanks again to Ian and Andy for setting the game up and to Nick and Malcolm for providing fine allies/opponents.

The other result from this game is that I’ve decided to switch my planned little home game to Fire and Fury. I’ve cleared off some of the terrain and replaced my big roads with the Fat Frank rubber roads I’ve just bought off eBay. These are rather nice and quite good value seeing as they come painted with flock down the edges. I’ve also decide the table needs more trees so I dug out the Bachman tress I’ve had for ages and soaked them in PVA and stuck them to coins. Still need to do a bit of dry brushing on the bases but they will look fine. Now, I still need to find the time to play..!

There were two other games on last night. Combat Patrol and Bolt Action. I’ve played neither system but Lawrence seems very keen on Combat Patrol and as ever with his games the table looked excellent! Some pics of both games:

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Another most excellent evening in Whitley Bay. I’m not quite managing my game a month planned but I’m doing better than last year!


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Shall we play a game?

About a week ago I managed to clear my ‘game’ table and lay out my Mat-o-War to give me a 4×4 surface. I can extend this to 6×4 but that makes the rest of my attic a bit cramped. But a 4×4 should give me space to play a small game. The question is: what game?

I narrowed it to four options.

  1. 6mm Modern with either CWC or Sabre Squadron
  2. 15mm Punic War using To The Strongest.
  3. 15mm AWI using….not sure…
  4. 15mm ACW using Fire and Fury or Longstreet

I had not been able to make up my mind but after a long chat with Essex Boy this evening I realised I just needed to do SOMETHING!! So I dug out my 15mm terrain and threw some down.

The hedges are my 6mm ones and a little neat but will do and first thoughts are to revisit my 15mm AWI…

Still undecided on rules but I will choose soon and play a little game…

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